“I can’t afford to be choosy.”

i hate that

Argh. It happened again. I was reading some author comments on a blog, and a couple of them mentioned that they were debut authors and, therefore, couldn’t afford to be choosy about their publishing choices.


If you take a look at Publisher’s Marketplace…and authors should belong to this site…you’ll see all the debut author deals. Debut authors are getting book deals every day – with solid publishers – so why on earth would you sell yourself short?

New doesn’t mean unworthy, and it hurts my heart that any author would believe this. New simply means new, and you owe it to yourself to be choosy. But before anything, you owe it to yourself to understand the industry in order to direct your literary career in a manner that will enhance your success.

Is your writing shoddy? If it is, then your best gift is to not publish at all. Worst of all, going with a remedial publisher won’t get you noticed, and it won’t get your foot in the door as a “published” author. All this will accomplish is that the book you worked so hard on will find a fast exit into Nowheresville. ‘Tis better to be unpublished than published badly.

Do you feel unworthy? If so, why?

4 Responses to “I can’t afford to be choosy.”

  1. Zan Marie says:

    Thanks for the pep talk! We all need to hear the truth from time to time. ; )

  2. krisdw76 says:

    Due to being fairly new to writing stories I do feel a little unworthy. I suppose after I write more and learn more I won’t feel as unworthy. In my opinion I think it could really hurt an author to try to have a “shoddy” piece published. Why would they do that to themselves? I have tried reading many books that were so poorly written that I wonder how it got published in the first place! Thank you for posting, I agree with what you are saying.

  3. jwelling says:

    _Merchants of Culture_ by John Thompson really opened my type-squinty eyes to something about the industry.

    Write well. Query widely.

  4. jeffrey manton says:

    And that’s the danger newbies fall into…any old (or young) publisher and any old (same applies) agent. Just ain’t worth it.

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